OFIS Architects

OFIS Architects
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Honeycomb Apartments, Izola, Slovenia
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City Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Farewell Chapel, Krasnja, Slovenia
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Villa 'under' extension, Bled, Slovenia
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Football Stadium Maribor, Slovenia
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Office/Store container, Trata, Slovenia
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Tetris Apartments, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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650 Apartments, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Backbone Village Houses Podpec, Slovenia

OFIS Architects is a firm of architects established in 1996 by Rok Oman and Špela Videčnik, both graduates of the Ljubljana School of Architecture and the London Architectural Association. Upon graduation they had already won several prominent competitions, such as Football Stadium Maribor and the Ljubljana City Museum extension and renovation. In 2001 they were awarded with the UK and Ireland's "Young architect of the year award".[1]

The company is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but works internationally. They won a large business complex in Venice Marghera,[2] Italy and a residential complex in Graz, Austria.[3] However, it was by winning 180 apartments in Petit Pont, Paris,[4] their first large scale development abroad, which led them to open a branch office in France, 2007. This has been followed by a second large scale development with the construction of a football stadium for FC BATE in Borisov, Belarus,[5] due for completion in 2012. They also have partner firm agreements in London, Paris and Moscow



The beginnings of OFIS' activities date back to the nineties, which was as an exciting yet difficult period for the former Yugoslavian republics that were undergoing intense self-re-evaluation and reinvention from scratch, economically and culturally. In terms of architecture this meant that most of the larger architectural offices had to be scaled down or went bankrupt and so creating an empty space for younger groups or individuals to participate in architectural competitions.[6]


The firm's work encompasses architecture, urbanism, art and stage design. It ranges from new buildings to interventions within old structures; scales from stadiums down to a small farewell chapel; programs from social housing, luxurious villas and residences, sport facilities, cultural and office programs. Over the past ten years they have been dealing with various national and international clients from the private sector to the commercial sector and also state institutions.[7]


The firm has won several national and international competitions. Many projects have been nominated for a Mies van der Rohe award, in 2009 they received a Silver IOC/IAKS[8] medal for football stadium, in 2006 they received the European Grand Prix for Innovation Award,[9] in 2005 their Villa under-extension received an honorable mention at the Miami Bienal, in 2004 they were awarded high commendation for their City Museum renovation and extension by the UK Architectural Review’s annual AR+D awards,[10] and in 2000 they won the 'Young architect of the year'[1] award in London, UK.

Their work has been shown on various TV channels including Discovery[11] and RTL. They have exhibited worldwide including the Venice Biennale of Architecture,[12] the Architectural Biennale in Beijing, and the Biennale in Moscow.[13]

Selected awards

  • Jan 11 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '10 Nomination for Farewell Chapel
  • Nov 10 - Chernikhov prize 2010 , selected nominee , ICIF, Moscow, RU[14]
  • Mar 10 - ArchDaily Building of the year 2009 , Religious, Farewell Chapel[15]
  • Sep 09 - IOC/IAKS award , silver medal for Football Stadium Maribor[8]
  • May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08 , Nomination for Football Stadium Maribor, selection[16]
  • May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08 , Nomination for Shopping roof apartments[17]
  • May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08 , Nomination for Hayrack Apartments[18]
  • Jan 07 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '06 , Nomination for Housing on the Coast[19]
  • Dec 06 - European Grand Prix for innovation awards , Monaco[9]
  • Jan 06 - Bienal Miami 2005 , honors for villa under-extension, Miami, USA
  • Dec 04 - AR+D awards , High commendation for the city museum Ljubljana[10]
  • Dec 01 - Design Vanguard 2001 , architectural record, New York, USA[20]
  • Jan 01 - Young Architect of the Year Award, winner, YAYA, London, UK[1]
  • Nov 00 - Piranesi award , honors for housing block 16x68 , Piran, SLO[21]


Their work is published around the globe with more than 200 international publications a year including the New York Times,[22] The Guardian, The Independent, El Pais, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Bild, most architectural magazines and various books. In 2006 Gustavo Gili published their first monograph on OFIS which became their youngest architects ever to be published and the first from East Europe.[23] The Hinge magazine chose their Farewell chapel as a Stand up building in 2009, Lace and Tetris apartments were announced as two of the Worlds 10 most creative apartment buildings by Oddee and Guardian Arts Critics chose them as an Architectural Office to ˝Look out for˝.[24]

In 2000 Zaha Hadid selected them as one of her top 10 most exceptional architects to have emerged internationally in the last five years.[25]


  1. ^ a b c Ellis Woodman (5 October 2007). "Building Design, 10 years of YAYA winners". Building Design. http://www.bdonline.co.uk/events/10-years-of-winners/3096945.article. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ Europaconcorsi. "first prize". http://europaconcorsi.com/projects/17543-Snake-Squares. 
  3. ^ "Europan Winner". http://www.europan.at/Europan6/graz1.html. 
  4. ^ Archdaily. "Ofis Student Halls Paris". 2009. http://www.archdaily.com/9442/student-apartment-studios-in-paris-ofis/. 
  5. ^ Archdaily. "Ofis Football Stadium Borisov". 2010. http://www.archdaily.com/84754/football-stadium-fc-bate-borisov-ofis-arhitekti/. 
  6. ^ "trajekt". http://www.trajekt.org/arhiv/magazine/?rid=1&tid=2&id=34. 
  7. ^ "Ofis website". http://www.ofis-a.si. 
  8. ^ a b "The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities Awards". Football Stadium Maribor. 2009. http://www.iaks.info/en/iaks-ioc-iaks-award-2-66/award-2009/winners/. 
  9. ^ a b Ofis News Archive http://www.ofis-a.si/default.cfm?Kat=0503&BesID=145
  10. ^ a b Architectural Review (2004). "AR+D awards website". http://www.architecturalreviewawards.com/winners2004.htm. 
  11. ^ Discovery Channel. "Ultimate House - Villa 'under' extension". http://www.ultimatehouse.tv/article.php?id=1/. 
  12. ^ Venice Biennale (2004). "Metamorph". http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/history/9.html?back=true. 
  13. ^ "The Moscow Biennale". 2010. http://www.moscowarchbiennale.ru/1361. 
  14. ^ "Chernikhov prize 2010 nominations list". 2010. http://www.icif.ru/Engl/premiya2010_news.htm. 
  15. ^ ICIF (2009). "Archdaily Building of the Year Awards 2009". Farewell Chapel. http://www.archdaily.com/51656/building-of-the-year-2009-religious-farewell-chapel-ofis-arhitekti/. 
  16. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Football Stadium Maribor. 2008. http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=45. 
  17. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Shopping Roof Apartments. 2008. http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=192. 
  18. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Hayrack Apartments. 2008. http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=195. 
  19. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Housing on the Coast. 2006. http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=905. 
  20. ^ Architectural Record (2001). "Design Vanguard 2001". http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/portfolio/archives/0112Ofis.asp. 
  21. ^ "Piranesi award". housing block 16x68. 2000. http://www.obalne-galerije.si/. 
  22. ^ Stephen Treffinger (March 31, 2005). "What the New Kids On the Block Are Up To". New York Times. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50E13FF385B0C728FDDAA0894DD404482/. 
  23. ^ Ofis arhitekti. 2G Design and Architecture Publishing. 2006. ISBN 978-84-252-2042-5. http://www.ggili.com/2g.cfm?IDPUBLICACION=993_EN. 
  24. ^ Oddee. "10 most creative apartments in the world". Lace and Tetris Apartments. http://www.oddee.com/item_96757.aspx. 
  25. ^ 10x10_2. Phaidon. 2000. ISBN 9780714844411. http://www.phaidon.com/store/architecture/10x102-9780714844411/. 

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